Hit-and-run defendant seeks to relocate to Pennsylvania for new job

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A defendant charged in the hit-and-run death of a Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. student attempting to board her school bus is requesting to be allowed to move to West Chester, Pennsylvania to take a new job with a start date of Nov. 29.

Attorneys James H. Voyles and Brittany Newland filed the request for Shiam Sunder Shankara Subramanian, 25, of 3224 Country Brook St., who was arrested following the Aug. 30 hit-and-run death of Columbus East High School student Lily J. Streeval.

In a document filed with Bartholomew Circuit Court, Subramanian says he was recently terminated from his job and has been offered a job at Valid IT Solutions LLC in Pennsylvania. He was believed to have been a quality engineer at Faurecia in Columbus at the time of the incident, and was believed to be driving to work when he is accused of hitting and killing Streeval.

The court document states that as of this date, Subramanian “does not have a permanent address. Once he has relocated, counsel will notify the court of his permanent address. Mr. Subramanian will keep the same telephone number,” the document states.

The Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office is objecting to this “change in circumstances” and to the defendant’s request to relocate, according to the court document.

A court hearing on the request is being set for next week in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

Subramanian is accused of attempting to drive around a stopped bus on South Gladstone Avenue while the warning lights were flashing and the arm signal was extended. The Honda car he was driving allegedly struck the victim as she was crossing the rural road to board the bus, police said.

A witness followed Subramanian as he left the scene, but he was caught after his vehicle became stuck in the yard of a law enforcement officer. The defendant was formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury, a Level 4 felony, and passing a school bus when arm signal is extended causing death, a Level 5 felony, according to court records.

At this time, a change of plea hearing for Subramanian is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 3. A tentative trial date of Feb. 1 also has been set.

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